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T. Yuch
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2001 - 8:15 pm:   

I'm having this peculiar problem here...My computer can't boot. The screen remains blank, but the harddisk and power indicator lights are on. The computer remains in this state for about half a minute before it just turns off (it's one of those software-power switch thingies). However, on 3 or 4 occasions, I tried ejecting the CD-ROM drive (when it was in the "dead" state I mentioned above). When I closed the drive, there seemed to be some reading activity, and some noise from the hard disk follows. Then, the bootup screen comes up and the computer is able to start. Is the CDROM reading activity somehow related?

Meanwhile, if the PC does boot, it sometimes restarts for no reason. This can happen anytime, like in Windows, during the Windows startup or even when I was in BIOS setup!

I'm running Win 98 (it says 4. 10. 1998).I'm not sure of the motherboard manufacturer, but it uses the Intel LX chipset.

PII 266
4MB Trident AGP card,
Sound Blaster AWE64
Teac CD-524E CDROM drive
Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 - 6:04 pm:   

you might have a driver, or some other software conflict. it'd be hard to trace, without knowing what have done recently if it has worked before.

also, check the autoexec.bat, to see what's in there if a driver or another program wrote to it and is fouling up your boot process.
T. Yuch
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 - 10:01 am:   

do you mean that a driver conflict would cause my computer to be unbootable? i mean, nothing comes on the screen at all.

it's really kind of erratic - it works sometimes and yet it doesn't some other time. could something be loose?

but, hey, thanks for the advice.

Contents of AUTOEXEC.BAT
rem *** DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE! ***
rem This file was created by the System Configuration Utility as
rem a placeholder for your AUTOEXEC.BAT file. Your actual
rem AUTOEXEC.BAT file has been saved under the name AUTOEXEC.TSH.

Contents of AUTOEXEC.TSH
V (Vera)
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 - 9:26 pm:   

when something major goes wrong for me that seems to be hardware related. i pull everything, do a good cleaning, put everything back, making sure it's all tightened up. sometimes it works, other times it's been a component failure. but at least i took that step to rule it out
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Saturday, June 2, 2001 - 1:29 am:   

I may be corrected by more experienced users but If I were you I would try remming your entire Autoexec.bat file to see if this helps. My Win98SE works fine with no Bat file. You didn't mention if you had installed a new cdrom or if this problem suddenly appeared. If the autobat tweak didn't help you may have to open the case and make sure the data cables are home firmly into the sockets. The fact that you opened the cd and this caused some action may suggest a data loss through a bad connection.
Good luck.
T. Yuch
Posted on Sunday, June 3, 2001 - 9:01 am:   

Well, I got the problem fixed: it was a faulty power supply. Kinda strange, isn't it, that the fault turns out to be something totally unrelated?

But, hey, thanks for all that help. At least if anyone has a similiar problem this may all help.

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